The Rampant Mind: A Casualty of Second-Hand Snoring
Confessions of a Snore Partner
JOURNAL ENTRY #2:
- "Okay, so if I fall asleep now, I’ll get 7 hours of sleep…"
- "Shoot, did I...yep, I forgot to change the laundry again."
- "I guess I could just get up and work for awhile, since I am wide awake…"
- "And if I fall asleep now, I’ll get 6 hours of sleep…"
- "Maybe some late-night, online shopping will tire me out?"
- "Is it too late to take a swig of Nyquil?"
- "I wish he made actual words when he talked in his sleep."
- "I still don’t understand why that guy gave me the finger on the freeway six months ago...or why I’m still thinking about it."
- "Why don’t the dogs ever want to cuddle with me?"
- "If I fall asleep now, I’ll get 4 hours of sleep."
- "Oh right, because I’m tossing and turning like it’s my job."
- "Whoa, that snore sounded just like a snowmobile."
- "100, 99, 98, 97, 96..."
- "What should I get from Starbucks in the morning?"
- "Ugh, I’m just SO tired. Please let me sleep!"
This is not a far-off depiction of what goes through my head in the time it gets me to fall asleep.
You see, I’m married to a chronic snorer who passes out in under 30 seconds. Meanwhile, I fight for hours to get to sleep, afflicted by restless thoughts and his raucous serenade.
And he can’t deny his snoring because he even wakes himself up. He practically rattles the windows.
There’s been times I’ve gotten so frustrated with his snoring that I’ve gone to sleep out on the couch. But with our bedroom just off from our living room, even the door can’t drown him out.
I’ve popped so many melatonin and sleep aids that I’m afraid I’m becoming immune — and they just leave me groggy in the morning.
I’ve slept with my pillow over my head. Wearing earphones or earplugs.
Sometimes I’ll aggressively toss and turn to intentionally shake our king size mattress enough to wake him up.
Almost every night, I try everything from gently caressing his arm to repeatedly poking him in the ribs, to shoving him to get him to roll over.
When I do finally fall asleep, it’s on a rare occasion I sleep soundly until morning without him waking me up again. I’ve tried all the tips and tricks to subdue his roaring sleep sounds, but no matter what, I still wake up tired.
I am a casualty of second-hand snoring. Because of my non-restful sleep, I suffer from brain fog, fatigue, and headaches. I also get irritable, irrationally emotional, and easily distracted. I almost never remember my drive to work and usually need a second or third cup of coffee by early afternoon.
Snoring and sleep apnea are not only unhealthy to the snorer; they can affect anyone within earshot. Leaving them desperate for a good night’s sleep.